By now, we’ve all heard about Jay-Z’s infidelity in his marriage with Beyoncé, which the singer chronicled in her 2016 visual album Lemonade. The rapper has discussed his past sins too, on his latest album 4:44. But the pair have stayed together, and are even embarking on a joint tour this summer. And now, Jay-Z has opened up about the work he and Beyoncé put in to save their marriage.
Jay-Z spoke to David Letterman on the April 6th episode of the Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The talk show host opened the interview by speaking about his past transgressions, setting the stage for Jay-Z to discuss his own infidelity. The rappers spoke candidly about Beyoncé’s forgiveness and how he was striving to be more vulnerable in his marriage. He added that they had sought therapy to help work through their issues.
The 48-year-old rapper also spoke about the influence that his past behavior had on his music. He chronicles his affairs on his latest album, 4:44. But he added that he felt he had grown since the infidelity, and that he feels good about who he has become “because of all the work that was done.”
In the same interview, Jay-Z also talked about parenting his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. He told Letterman that “the most beautiful thing” Blue Ivy ever said to him was when she informed her father that his tone of voice had hurt her feelings.
The full episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is currently available to stream on Netflix.
No matter who you are, relationships take work. We’re glad to see Jay-Z acknowledge his wrongdoings and work to move past them. Emotional growth takes dedication, and we admire those who are committed to it.